Arsenal midfield target has now been made available for loan
Photo by Marco Rosi - SS Lazio/Getty Images

Arsenal midfield target has now been made available for loan

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has been made available for loan and Arsenal are now ready to swoop.

As per Il Messagero, via Tutto Juve, Lazio have grown frustrated with the lack of movement over a new contract.

His current deal expires in 2024, and the Serbian international has so far refused to agree a renewal, and that has alerted the Gunners and Juventus.

They say that Lazio would be willing to agree a 10 million euro loan fee (£8.8 million) this month, with a 40 million euro (£35.3 million) guaranteed future fee.

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Arsenal target Milinkovic-Savic now available for loan

The midfielder has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United mentioned regularly.

But the pricetag has always been too high, which makes you wonder whether Lazio really would make him available for loan.

The only way it makes sense is that Lazio really have realised the midfielder will not sign a new contract and see this approach as a way to guarantee over £40 million total for a player whose value is only going to keep going down the longer he goes without signing the deal.

Nearly £9 million is a steep loan fee, but the potential to get the player in permanently may mean it is a deal Arsenal do seriously consider doing if it is actually on the table.

Arsenal have been linked with a new central midfield recruit since the summer transfer window, when they decided to push ahead with playmaker Fabio Vieira despite extensive interest in Youri Tielemans.

Tielemans’ own contract situation remains unresolved, so he could yet move for a reduced fee this month or for nothing in the summer.

In the summer, Sky pundit Paul Merson called the Serbian the ‘best midfielder in Italy’ and said that he would be a better bet than Tielemans.

It seems Arsenal’s priority is a new forward, with Mykhailo Mudryk the clear first choice, but reinforcements in the middle of the park would not go amiss either.

Not least because of Thomas Partey’s injury record and the fact that Mikel Arteta’s backup midfield did not look entirely convincing against Oxford on Monday night.

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